German Doner Kebab opening first Toronto location

July 30, 2021

German Doner Kebab will open a flagship restaurant in downtown Toronto, expanding it growth in Canada, according to a company press release.

 
Located at 246 Queen St. W., the restaurant opens next week, following the launch of its first two Canadian restaurants in Ottawa and Surrey last year. The restaurant will have a capacity of 40 seats and will create 30 jobs in the Toronto area.

The restaurant’s kebabs are made using lean meats and fresh local vegetables, served in handmade toasted breads with signature sauces, according to the release.

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The downtown Toronto location has been developed in partnership with franchisee Usman Ali, who is planning to develop 10 German Doner Kebabs throughout Canada in the next 10 years. Ali’s family has owns eight Popeyes and four Dairy Queen sites.

“The location doesn’t get any better, it’s in the heart of downtown. Period,” Ali said in the press release. “This amazing location will enable German Doner Kebab to bring its unique experience to the people of Toronto. “German Doner Kebab brings a compelling customer experience and a strong product. The experience of its leadership team is unrivalled too and we are looking forward to working closely with them to open in Downtown Toronto and developing our pipeline into the Toronto area.”

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The brand has over 70 restaurants across the globe and is embarking on growth across the U.K., Sweden, U.S. and the Middle East, with over 700 franchises signed-up to its global growth strategy.

“German Doner Kebab is a truly disruptive brand that has revolutionised the kebab industry,” Nigel Belton, German Doner Kebab managing director for North America said in the release. “Usman and his family represent everything we look for in our multi-unit franchise partners, bringing huge industry experience and a belief in our brand potential as we build the fast-casual brand of the future.”

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Based in Glasgow, Scotland, but started in Berlin, Germany in 1989, the brand has grown quickly in the U.K., Sweden and Middle East and hitting markets in the U.S., Canada, Saudi Arabia and Europe. The fast-casual brand plans to open 47 new restaurants in the U.K. in 2021.

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German Doner Kebab Announced As Best Emerging Franchise At Global Franchise Awards 2021

May 6, 2021

German Doner Kebab has been named the Best Emerging Franchise at the Global Franchise Awards 2021.

Now in its fourth year, the awards celebrate the brands that are working hardest to advance the cause of international franchising.

 
The judging panel is also made-up of franchise experts and international association leaders from across the globe.

The plans will almost double the fast-casual brand’s footprint as it continues its mission of bringing the GDK experience to more cities and towns throughout the UK.

The ambitious growth strategy will build on the 12 restaurants that were opened during 2020 and will bring in the region of 1800 new jobs throughout the country.

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The fast-casual brand of the future has also delivered a significant rise in UK total sales in 2020, up 81 per cent from the previous 12 months. Same-store sales for 2020 were also up 51 percent on 2019.

German Doner Kebab is revolutionising the kebab in the UK, bringing a fresh, high-quality taste sensation that has made it the number one spot to enjoy a kebab.

Freshly prepared in front of customers, the game-changing kebabs are made using premium, lean, succulent meats and fresh local vegetables, served in handmade toasted breads with unique signature sauces.

Imran Sayeed, CEO, said: “It is a true honour for us to be recognised as the best Emerging Franchise at the 2021 Global Franchise Awards.

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“The recognition reflects our relentless ambition of building the fast-casual brand of the future as we forge ahead with our global growth ambitions.

“This incredible performance has been delivered through the commitment of our people, franchise partners and entire supply chain, who have all brought us true ingenuity and innovation during an extremely challenging period for the hospitality industry.

“We would like to pay a special thanks to the entire German Doner Kebab family for their dedication and going on this amazing journey with us.

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“We now wish everyone the greatest success and prosperity as we emerge from Lockdown and embark on an exciting period of new growth across a resurgent sector.”

Imran Sayeed continued: “The next 12 months are going to be extremely exciting for German Doner Kebab as we expand our footprint and reach more consumers across the UK and our international growth regions.

“The global demand reflects our position as one of the world’s most exciting fast-casual brands.”

Based in Glasgow, Scotland, the brand is growing at great pace with 76 restaurants in UK, Europe and Middle East, and now rapidly expanding in the USA, Canada, Saudi Arabia and Ireland.

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German Doner Kebab to open 47 new restaurants in the UK by the end of this year

February 24, 2021

Fast casual brand German Doner Kebab has announced it is on track to open 47 new restaurants in the UK by the end of 2021, almost doubling its portfolio.

 
German Doner Kebab has seen UK total sales in 2020 increase 81% from the previous 12 months and opened 12 restaurants last year. Same-store sales for 2020 were also up 51% on 2019.

Key locations in the expansion will include Manchester, Newcastle, Blackburn, Huddersfield, Stockport, Stirling and additional sites in London and Glasgow. Rich Collie, who joined from Nando’s as head of project management, will manage the build-out of the expansion plans.

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GDK employs 1,500 people in the UK, with a development pipeline of 350 franchise units over the next seven years.

The brand will forge ahead with international growth in 2021 with sites planned for Canada and US following the launch of its first restaurant in Ottawa. Further growth is also set to be announced for Ireland and Spain, as well as Saudi Arabia.

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Chief executive Imran Sayeed said: “The next 12 months are going to be extremely exciting for GDK as we expand our footprint and reach more consumers across the UK and our international growth regions.”

He added: “We have developed strong franchise relationships in key global locations and we are now working closely with our partners to take forward development plans and bring the German Doner Kebab experience to new regions.”

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German Doner Kebab opened its first restaurant in Berlin in 1989. Based in Glasgow, the brand is owned by the Hero Brands group.

By Katherine Price

Source: The Caterer

German Doner Kebab Opens Its 50th Store In The UK

December 24, 2020

German Doner Kebab has this week opened its 50th restaurant in the UK.

The fast-casual brand has reached the landmark following the launch of its new restaurant in Peterborough.

 
The brand has forged ahead with relentless growth during the Pandemic, opening 13 new restaurants and creating in the region of 500 jobs throughout the country.

Key new locations already opened in 2020 include Nottingham, Bradford and additional sites in London and Edinburgh.

German Doner Kebab is revolutionising the kebab in the UK, bringing a fresh, high-quality taste sensation that has made it the number one spot to enjoy a kebab.

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Freshly prepared in front of customers, the game-changing kebabs are made using premium, lean, succulent meats and fresh local vegetables, served in handmade toasted breads with unique signature sauces.

Now employing over 1500 people throughout the country, the brand will have opened 50 new restaurants in the UK during the past three years and boasts a development pipeline of 350 franchise units over the next seven years.

Imran Sayeed, CEO, has heralded the landmark opening at Peterborough as the brand continues to disrupt the fast-casual space and evolve to meet the needs of its customers.

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He said: “Reaching 50 restaurants in the UK is a huge moment in our story and represents a huge achievement for everyone in the German Doner Kebab family.

“Our game-changing kebabs are revolutionising the kebab and this has driven huge consumer demand as we bring the German Doner Kebab experience to even more consumers across the country.

“We have found ourselves in very challenging times however we have remained agile and responsive to a fast-changing landscape, reaching our customers in new ways and developing exciting new products.

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“We are now looking forward to building this momentum further into 2021 as we maintain our mission of building the fast-casual brand of the future.”

Based in Glasgow, Scotland, German Doner Kebab is growing at great pace with 73 restaurants in UK, Europe and Middle East, and now rapidly expanding in the USA, Canada, Saudi Arabia and Ireland.

German Doner Kebab is owned by the Hero Brands group.

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German Doner Kebab hires former Nando’s exec

November 12, 2020

German Doner Kebab, which is set to open 12 restaurants by the end of 2020 in the UK, has appointed Rich Collie as head of Project Management. Collie, who has worked for Nando’s over the past eight years as a project manager, will oversee the build-out of GDK’s expansion plans, which includes opening 40 restaurants during 2021 and 350 over the next seven years, according to a company press release.

 
“Our game-changing kebabs are revolutionizing the kebab and we are excited to be bringing Rich into the German Doner Kebab family as we maintain our mission of building the fast-casual brand of the future,” CEO Imran Sayeed said in the release. “We are currently building further momentum in our plans for growth and have developed a strong growth pipeline with some of the UK’s most established franchise entrepreneurs.

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Collie, who will be responsible for the delivery of new restaurant fit-outs, liaising with contractors and consultants to meet brand standards and launch schedules, will also manage the building and maintaining of close relationships with German Doner Kebab’s multi-unit franchise partners as they build their respective restaurant portfolios.

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“It’s very exciting to be joining German Doner Kebab as it enters a new period of relentless growth,” Collie said. ‘”The brand has truly disrupted the fast-casual space in the U.K. and there is huge consumer demand throughout the country. GDK’s growth ambitions are second to none and I look forward to contributing to the success of the business as it matures and brings the German Doner Kebab experience to even more people across the U.K.”

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Based in Glasgow, Scotland, GDK has 70 restaurants in U.K., Europe and the Middle East, and is expanding in the U.S., Canada, Saudi Arabia and Ireland. Further international growth in 2020 includes two sites in Canada, two in Sweden and one in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. The brand’s first site in North America opened in Canada’s Ottawa at the start of September, with a further restaurant opening recently in Surrey, Vancouver.

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German Doner Kebab signs franchise deals for 30 shops in Saudi and North America

August 11, 2020

Glasgow-based fast food chain German Doner Kebab has signed up franchise partners to open 30 outlets in Saudi Arabia and Canada and is in talks over a similar deal in the US.

 
Ajlan Bin Ajlan Group becomes master franchisee in Saudi Arabia, with an agreement to open 100 stores in 10 years for the brand which markets doner kebabs as a gourmet snack.

Franchise partners have been signed in Canada’s Ontario and British Columbia provinces, while negotiations are under way to open outlets in New York’s Manhattan, New Jersey and Houston, Texas.

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GDK, owned by Hero Brands, already has franchised stores in the UK, Sweden, Dubai, Abu-Dhabi, Oman and Bahrain. Its new partners have worked with brands including KFC, Starbucks and McDonalds.

Group franchise director global Jon Cullen said: “The interest and developments in recent months reflects our position as one of the world’s most exciting fast-casual brands.

“We have been building a number of new partnerships with experienced franchise investors during this time and plans are well on their way to open up a new region in the Middle East.

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“Our brand has truly disrupted the fast-casual space and has remained agile and responsive during what has been challenging trading conditions for the wider industry.”

Former United Wholesale cash and carry director Athif Sarwar bought the GDK brand through Hero Brands after discovering it on holiday in Dubai. The company has recruited executives from Taco Bell and TGI Fridays as it targets fast international growth.

GDK says it has received more than 300 inquiries from potential franchisees in recent months. Having continued to operate in partnership with Deliveroo during lockdown, it now employs more than 1000 people in the UK where it has opened 35 new restaurants in three years. It plans to open 350 franchise units over the next seven years. The firm says it has delivered 30,000 free meals to frontline NHS workers and vulnerable people.

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Cullen added: “Our unique fast-casual dining experience and our experienced senior team brings a strong proposition and opportunity to accomplished franchisers, which is being reflected in the strategic partnerships we are developing across the globe.

“Our current partners are the epitome of what we look for and we continue to work closely with them to strengthen our partnerships and build the most exciting fast-casual brand of the future.”

By Hamish Burns

Source: Insider

German Doner Kebab hires headhunter to find project management boss

July 3, 2020

German Doner Kebab has launched a hunt for an experienced head of project management to steer its restaurant expansion strategy.

 
The Glasgow-headquartered chain fast food brand is looking to bring in the senior figure to manage its restaurant expansion plans throughout the UK.

Previous executive hires at GDK have come from high-profile names in food and drink such as TGI Fridays and Taco Bell. Candidates can expect a thorough grilling about their experience of the leisure and retail sectors.

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GDK was established in the east end of Glasgow after Athif Sarwar, a member of the family behind the United Wholesale cash and carry business, discovered the brand on holiday in Dubai.

His Hero Brands firm bought the rights and in four years has built it into a business employing 1000 people with 35 restaurants in the UK. It has restaurants in Sweden, Dubai, Abu-Dhabi, Oman and Bahrain and a development pipeline of 350 franchise units over the next seven years, including outlets in Saudi Arabia.

The head of project management will be responsible for the delivery of new restaurant fit-outs, liaising with contractors and consultants to meet brand standards and launch schedules, and maintaining close relationships with franchise partners.

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The search is being managed by executive search company Withey & Vedi.

Imran Sayeed, German Doner Kebab CEO, said: “Our idea of bringing a nutritionally-balanced gourmet kebab has been a massive hit with UK consumers, and this has been reflected in the huge growth we have already achieved in the past two years.

“We have developed a strong growth pipeline with some of the UK’s most established franchise entrepreneurs and and we are now working closely with them to identify new sites and respond to the growing consumer demand across the UK.

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“From this perspective we are looking for an experienced Head of Project Management to join us and oversee the growth of our restaurant footprint whilst strengthening the relationships with our multi-unit franchise partners.”

Vinit Vedi, managing director of Withey & Vedi, said: “Our focus will be on bringing-in an industry specialist who has experience in a similar role with a multi-site restaurant leisure group, or retail operator.

“We now very much look forward to strengthening the German Doner Kebab team and exploring new opportunities to develop our partnership as the brand forges ahead with growth.”

By Hamish Burns

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German Doner Kebab Unwraps Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Expansion Plans

January 31, 2020

The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is in for a treat as German Doner Kebab prepares to bring its unique brand of fast-casual dining to the region.

 
In partnership with an established multi-branded franchisee, the innovative Scottish-headquartered restaurant business will open its first GTA outlet in June 2020.

The GTA growth has been announced as German Doner Kebab also forges ahead with plans in Vancouver and Ottawa. The brand’s expansion into North America also continues in the USA, with an expected three store openings by mid-2020.

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German Doner Kebab’s North American plans follow a period of relentless UK growth which has propelled the innovative fast-casual brand to one of the nation’s fastest growing chains.

GDK has opened 38 restaurants in the UK over the past two years and has a development pipeline of 350 franchise units in place over the next seven years.

That success has been mirrored in the latest franchise sales trend that reflected a like for like sales growth of approximately 50% over the past year.

Nigel Belton, Managing Director for GDK North America, said: “We are extremely excited to press ahead with our significant growth plans that will allow the brand to develop a footprint of strategic restaurant locations throughout North America. We have already signed up five franchisees with a development pipeline of 75 stores.

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“The GTA is an area of diversity and we can’t wait to put our plans into action. First impressions are vital, and we will stop at nothing to ensure GDK North America quickly becomes the household name that is already loved by our loyal legion of customers throughout Europe and the Middle East.”

German Doner Kebab’s unique dining experience is sure to appeal to the next generation of Canadian customers, who will love the new restaurant’s slick appearance and a great-tasting high-quality product range.

A packed menu ensures consumers throughout the GTA will be blown away by GDK’s wide range of healthy kebabs and mouth-watering sides, including flaming fries, doner nachos and doner spring rolls.

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German Doner Kebab has already proven to be a hit in the UK and its spot as one of the nation’s much-loved and most-exciting brands was confirmed having been named the number one place to eat in London by TripAdvisor.

The German Doner Kebab franchise business currently employs 500 people within the UK and also operates franchised stores in Sweden, Dubai, Abu-Dhabi, Oman and Bahrain.

German Doner Kebab has also recently announced plans to open 40 new restaurants in Ireland, while expansion plans are also in place for Saudi Arabia.

For further details regarding German Doner Kebab’s first GTA location, email info@gdktoronto.com.

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German Doner Kebab promote current UK MD to spearhead drive across Europe

October 28, 2019

German Doner Kebab has promoted Daniel Bunce to the position of Managing Director of UK and Europe.

Daniel, who joined German Doner Kebab in January 2018 as UK Managing Director, has been tasked with leading the brand’s expansion across the continent having successfully spearheaded their ambitious growth strategy within the United Kingdom.

 
As well as heading up German Doner Kebab’s current stores within Great Britain and Ireland, Daniel will play a crucial role in growing the brand footprint across the continent.

GDK is currently rolling out aggressively across the Middle East, Europe and USA, with over 700 franchises already signed-up to the brand globally.

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GDK CEO Imran Sayeed highlighted the impact Daniel has made since joining the brand 18 months ago, having led the impressive growth strategy throughout the UK.

He said: “Throughout his time at German Doner Kebab, Daniel has proven himself as a key

component in our drive for expansion and continued growth across the UK.

“This promotion recognises the role of Daniel as being a true driving force behind our growth and highlights the pathway that exists for employees to work their way up into senior positions within company.

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“Daniel undoubtedly has the skills and experience to now spearhead German Doner Kebab’s push for an increased prominence within the European market, in the way he achieved in the UK.”

Daniel brings vast experience to his new role. Having previously lived in the Middle East for 13 years, he held the position of CEO of Hospitality at Sharaf Group, Business Development and Franchise Director at UAE-based Slick Yogo, and Area Manager at MKM Wafi Hospitality.

Previous to this, he had over 20 years’ experience in the UK Hospitality market.

Daniel said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me, while continuing to represent and help grow the GDK brand.

“It is an exciting time to be expanding the role with German Doner Kebab and moving further afield into new markets, which I know we will thrive in.

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“It marks the end of an incredibly busy 18 months where we have grown from our initial 11 UK stores, to a total of 40 by the year end. Along the way, we have also increased the team, in order to support our franchise partners and help the business grow within the UK.

“This is just the beginning of another exciting chapter in the German Doner Kebab story.”

Source: Scottish Business News

GDK’s growth plan as it hits £1m kebab weekly sales

July 29, 2019

German Doner Kebab (GDK) has announced it is embarking on a major expansion plan for the UK, which will see an investment of over £6m and the creation of around 200 jobs, as it aims to open a new restaurant every two weeks during the rest of 2019.

The Glasgow-based chain, part of Hero Brands, has in the past two years opened 33 outlets in the UK and plans to open a further 14 stores by the end of the year in key locations including Bradford, Newcastle, Northampton and Walsall.

 
Imran Sayeed, chief executive of GDK, said: “We are excited to be announcing major expansion plans for the UK as we bring the GDK fast casual experience to even more consumers throughout the country. It’s incredible to be hitting £1m kebab sales a week as we announce further growth plans across the country.

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“Our idea of bringing a gourmet kebab that is healthy and nutritionally balanced has been a massive hit with UK consumers, and this has been reflected in the huge growth we have already achieved in the past two years.

“We have developed a strong growth pipeline with some of the UK’s most established franchise entrepreneurs and our focus will be to work closely with them to identify new sites and respond to the growing consumer demand across the UK.”

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International growth plans

GDK has also announced international growth plans for North America, with franchises already signed for Ontario and British Columbia provinces, Canada. The company adds that a large U.S. franchise operator has additionally signed a development agreement for an initial 12 GDK’s in Dallas, Houston, and Las Vegas, which will be rolled-out over the next two years.

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Outside the UK, GDK currently operates stores in Sweden, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman and Bahrain, with further stores scheduled for the Middle East in Saudi Arabia.

Source: Franchise World